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Dark Sky Reserve

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve which means that the area possesses 'an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment'. In 2012, the Brecon Beacons became just the fifth destination in the world (and the first in Wales) to achieve this designation.

The area has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers. On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. Local astronomical societies hold regular talks, and stargazing events are organised from time to time to encourage everyone to look at the night sky and start enjoying stargazing.
(Photo credit: A Good Day Out)

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